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Four Tips for Forming Church Planting Teams

In our last post we began looking at the formation of church planting teams from a perspective of the beloved Fellowship of the Ring. We explored the common mistakes church planting teams make, and we looked at the Early Church to see how she became established in the surroundings of her time. If you missed it, feel free to check it out, as it will help establish a …

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A Counterintuitive Approach to Forming a Church Planting Team

In the movie the Fellowship of the Ring, at the Council of Elrond, a plan is hatched to cast the One Ring into the fires in Mordor which will destroy the Ring and end Sauron’s evil reign. As the question of what to do with the ring is brought before a team assembled by Gandalf the Great, fighting breaks out, and warrior wills …

Submissional Leadership: Trade Dangerous Hierarchies for Discipling Teams

Before being part of a team that planted a church in the city, I served as a pastor for over a decade in fairly Hierarchical churches. In the last few years I’ve had to go through a serious overhaul in my understanding of ministry leadership. Today, instead of a place in a hierarchy, I participate in a “Leading Community” that is forging a network of …

Don't Try to Make Disciples Until You Deal With This Problem

Power is a tricky thing. I remember as a teenager discovering I had some speed and athleticism. I was no Superman, but I was a fast little goober that could throw the ball on target. That was enough in my small school to push me to the front. I made the football team and found I had power on the …

How Will Missional Survive the Apocalypse?

I’m a total Sci-Fi fanatic. Most of the sci-fi post-apocalyptic movies or books that come out get me all jazzed up. I’m fascinated with the concept of how humanity survives when the existing structures previously depended upon on are no longer dependable. The Western World is changing. Many of the cultural structures that formed the church for centuries are disappearing. The images …

The Irritation of Incarnation

Incarnational Theology emphasizes that the Father has sent Jesus as one of us. God does not scorn the human condition rather God dwelt in the fragility of the human body (Philippians 2). This human form brought the Glory of God down from Mt. Sinai to the streets of Nazareth. The fullness of God somehow, someway was displayed in the limitations of the God-man Jesus. He …

Top Twelve Books on Cultivating Community

One of the first things I discovered in planting churches was that the most combustible element of our missional endeavor was the work of cultivating community. Here’s a promise: the romanticism around planting a church will fade the moment you have real people with real personalities attempting to love one another in real-time. The more diverse your group and context, …

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Five Points of Bitterness Common in the Missional Church

Forging communities on mission has been a refreshing and exhilarating experience.  I’m a strategist and futurist by nature, so I have the propensity to convince myself I’ve sized up all the challenges that will come my way, before they come my way. There was one issue that I was not prepared to run into so regularly and widely… bitterness. Over and over …